Everton are reportedly considering their next manager from a list of eight candidates following the departure of Carlo Ancelotti.
Owner Farhad Moshiri was left stunned earlier this month after Ancelotti requested a sudden departure to former side Real Madrid, where he has taken over from Zinedine Zidane.
The Toffees had been under the impression that Ancelotti had long-term aspirations at Merseyside but a shocking turn of events means they are now in pursuit of a sixth manager in only five years.
While the three-time Champions League winning Italian is irreplaceable in some respects, Everton have several impressive candidates to choose from ahead of the new season.
Ex-Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez, whose last Premier League stint was at Newcastle United, has been heavily linked to the role but the potential appointment has not gone down well with Everton fans.
Benitez helped promote Newcastle to the top flight in 2017 but departed in 2019 following disagreements with owner Mike Ashley over the latter’s lack of ambition.
The Spaniard impressed despite all the obstacles he faced Tyneside and has the experience to get Everton closer to European football.
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Another intriguing name floating around is Belgium manager Roberto Martinez who has been linked with a return despite being sacked from the club in 2016.
Disgruntled fans were a large part of his removal and would likely not take news of his appointment lightly if the move materialised.
A more likely candidate is current assistant manager and club legend Duncan Ferguson, who is already in a position where he knows the side and has the fans on side.
Among the other candidates reported are ex-Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe, last season’s Ligue 1 winner Christophe Galtier and Nuno Espirito Santo, according to reports.
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